In Cameroon, Social Media Used to Fight Misinformation

YAOUNDE – Cameroon is one of the African countries worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been struggling against misinformation and fake news on the virus.  Cameroon’s  digital first responders have taken to social media to counteract the misinformation.   The COVID-19 pandemic has flooded Cameroon’s health workers with questions  about the virus and about false rumors that hospitals are  overwhelmed,  and  that  testing is either not available or costly.   The director of Cameroon’s National Social Insurance Fund  Hospital,  Professor Anne  Njom Nlend, took  to Twitter to counteract the fake news and remind the public that testing is free. She says it’s a channel for information.  When someone has a lot of followers,…

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European Union project supports Kampala youths, women make masks to block COVID-19

Kampala– Bashir Hamba studied fashion and design at a local college in Uganda’s capital Kampala. Today, he is part of a group of young people who have ventured into making face masks as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. After graduating in 2017, Hamba received tailoring equipment and three months’ rent as part of start-up capital to establish his tailoring business. This was under the Strengthening Social Cohesion and Stability in Slum Populations (SSCoS) project, which uses a socio-economic approach to building social cohesion…

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Sahel Crisis 2020: Responding to the urgent needs of refugees, internally displaced, returnees and others of concern (June 2020)

• 1.5 million IDPs • 820,825 REFUGEES AND ASYLUMSEEKERS • 684,038 RETURNEES (REFUGEES AND IDPs) • 106,555 OTHERS OF CONCERN • $185.7 million NEEDED IN REVISED FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS To respond to the deepening crisis, UNHCR requires $185.7 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance to refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities the Sahel region. This includes the $96.7 million in initial requirements for 2020, $29.3 million to implement COVID-19 prevention and response measures in displacement areas, and an additional $59.7 million to scale up its emergency response, focusing on shelter…

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IOM Zimbabwe Flow Monitoring Report – May 2020

HIGHLIGHTS • A total of 35,902 regular movements (23,537 at Beitbridge and 12,365 at Forbes) were observed during the month in review. • IOM Zimbabwe facilitates repatriation of 92 Malawian irregular migrants stranded in Zimbabwe. DEFINITION OF KEY TERMS REGULAR MIGRATION: movement of persons that occurs in compliance with the laws of the country of origin, transit and destination. (IOM Glossary) IRREGULAR MIGRATION: movement of persons that takes place outside the laws, regulations or international agreements governing the entry into or exit from the State of origin, transit or destination.…

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IAEA Launches Initiative to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, launched an initiative today to strengthen global preparedness for future pandemics like COVID-19. The project, called ZODIAC, builds on the IAEA’s experience in assisting countries in the use of nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques for the rapid detection of pathogens that cause transboundary animal diseases, including ones that spread to humans. These zoonotic diseases kill around 2.7 million people every year. The IAEA Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action (ZODIAC) project will establish a global network to help national laboratories…

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Cameroon Disabled Protest Neglect as Coronavirus Spreads

YAOUNDE – Hundreds of people with disabilities fanned out across Cameroon’s capital Monday, protesting against the neglect they say they’ve suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaigners say social distancing rules have discouraged caregiving for the disabled, leaving many more vulnerable to the virus. Cameroon has seen nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases and 276 coronavirus-related deaths, making it one of the worst-affected countries in Africa. Hundreds of people with disabilities visited markets, churches, mosques and public buildings to remind Cameroonians not to ignore them as the central African country deals with…

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